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Brady Stays Inside the Pocket

Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine

By the Way, Game Will Be Great

Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fall Guy for Deflategate? So What?

Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated

Last July, a few weeks before the New England Patriots started training camp, I got a call from Donald Yee, the agent in Los Angeles who has represented Tom Brady since he entere...(full article)

Rumor has it the Super Bowl will be played this week — so can we please talk about football? Not the science of footballs. Not the grip of footballs. Not the PSI of footballs...(full article)

Forget all about the most debated topics that have stemmed from the New England Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game – did Tom Brady order it, did Bil...(full article)

In a potentially game-changing development in the Deflategate saga, Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer reported that NFL investigators have targeted a New England Patriots locker room a...(full article)

"Look Billy! (Hears fizzy squeaking sound...) Commissioner says every time a ball leaks, a Patriot gets his wins." What would be the NFL equivalent of Zuzu's Petals? TomTom's UGGs?...(full article)

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